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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2019
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-006100/2018

The three remaining anti-fraud agreements to counter tobacco smuggling in the EU to which the Honourable Member is referring have been concluded between the EU, the Member States as well as the respective tobacco manufacturers.

As Member States are co-parties to the agreements, they would need to agree to shorten the duration of the agreements.

Following the European Parliament's call on the Commission to study the feasibility of terminating the three agreements ahead of their original deadline, the Commission has launched a consultation procedure with all Member States to seek their views. The Commission has now received replies from more than half of the Member States. In all the answers received by the Commission, the Member States expressed their preference to continue the existing agreements until their expiry date. Several Member States have underlined in this respect that, as the new traceability rules under the Tobacco Products Directive and the framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) Protocol will require some time in order to have a tangible impact on smuggling, the anti-fraud agreements in question can still be considered relevant.

The Commission will inform the European Parliament of the outcome of the consultation process and its conclusions in due course.

Last updated: 5 March 2019Legal notice